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Bravo to this wonderful Port Washington community - to recognize the need for a Shared Vision project. Not a moment too soon. One of the five stated goals of the Shared Vision project is "Help the town and villages prioritize the allocation of resources."

But first we must define - what is a resource? Port Washington has many, but arguably, the most important is the land itself: i.e., greenspace.

Development of the land is of course a natural progression of any community. However, the need for homes, roads and parking lots must be tempered with the need to retain the beauty of the community that we have all selected as our home.

A community which prioritizes greenspace, will need to make some tough decisions along the way. For example, a few months ago the question came up in PW: what is the priority, 1) preserving unused greenspace at the high school or 2) building a parking lot along Bogart Avenue for the convenience of approximately 20 teachers (i.e. parking spots).

It was particularly ironic to listen to this debate in a town such as PW, because many of us selected PW because it is a walking town. Is there another town on Long Island where the majority of residents can walk to shopping and the train and actually enjoy looking at what we are walking past? These are important qualities about Port Washington, and some of the many things that provide us with a sense of pride in our community.

This of course is part of a larger issue in the country, but particularly in LI, of overdevelopment. However, as community members, we need to recognize the inherent problem with converting greenspace to a parking lot.

Let's be modest - Port Washington is a beautiful town, and the preservation of its natural beauty should be a priority of any elected or unelected official representing the community.

Janet Lavin

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